Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Italy
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Rolling hills, endless golden beaches, scrumptious cuisine, and astonishing historical sites have always attracted visitors to Italy, one of the most beautiful Southern European countries.
Although the locals have only quite recently hopped on the yoga wagon, the ideal combination of great weather year-round and superb nature has led to the opening of an abundance of yoga retreats and yoga teacher training courses in Italy.
If you are looking to deepen your yoga practice or want to become a yoga teacher, there’s no better place than Bella Italia to join a yoga teacher training course.
History of Yoga in Italy
Yoga is quite a new addition to the Italian lifestyle.
Post-war Italy offered a great opportunity for new experiences and by the late 1940s there were already yoga classes taking place in the country. This also led to the opening of the yoga institute in Milan in 1965.
The practice grew in the 21st century and by 2017, there were 830 recognized yoga schools in the country.
Therefore, it comes to no surprise that nowadays Italy is a popular destination for yoga tourism, with retreats and courses being held in various languages.
Top Destinations for Yoga Teacher Training in Italy
The quintessential Italian experience typically features the rolling hills of Tuscany, dotted with vineyards, medieval castles, and spectacular sunsets.
The capital city of the region, Florence is chockfull of stunning museums and medieval architecture.
On a yoga teacher training course in Tuscany, not only will you take your practice to the next level, but you’ll also get to stay in refurbished farmhouses, enjoy sprawling gardens, eat local food, and taste delectable wines.
Just take our word for it and plan for a day or two to explore the area after you’ve finished the course.
The iconic trulli of Alberobello are what sets this region apart. But did you know that trulli can be found throughout Itria Valley?
Featuring a unique cuisine, known as “cucina povera”, long coastlines, white-washed houses, mountains, and a balmy climate, Puglia (Apulia) is a great choice for a yoga teacher training course.
Fly into Bari and take some time to explore the region’s gems including the resort town of Vieste, Ostuni, Lecce, and Polignano a Mare.
Boasting old traditions and wild nature, Sardinia is an island in the middle of the Mediterranean ideal for a yoga break.
Its terrain is mostly mountainous, offering excellent hiking trails. But is also offers stunning white beaches, dotted with coves, with excellent surfing spots. And just as many beaches to do your Sun Salutations.
Add in the great food and excellent wine, and it’s easy to see why Sardinia is a top destination to deepen your yoga practice.
Note: BookYogaTeacherTraining offers a flexible cancellation policy. Should you not be able to travel as scheduled, we’d be happy to help you alter your booking with the same organizer or with a different organizer.
Top Yoga Teacher Training Courses in Italy
- Cost per day: from €71
- Availability: until November 2020
- Location: Misano Adriatico, Emilia-Romagna
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Hindi, Hungarian & Italian
- Instruction level: all levels
This registered teacher training course introduces the question: “What is yoga?” and provides students with a solid comprehension of yoga and practices related to it. There’s also emphasis on theory and practicing what you’ve learned.
Throughout the course, you will explore Hatha yoga postures and learn Sanskrit words, as well as understand the human organism according to both Western science and Ayurveda.
Although no teacher training experience is required, some exposure to yoga through public or private classes or videos and a minimum of two years of practice are required.
The course includes two daily Hatha yoga sessions & meditation, pranayama, mantra chanting, as well as the history and origins of the Yogic lifestyle, including the recommended diet.
Your day starts at 6 a.m. After you enjoy a herbal tea, you’ll join a yogic cleansing class, followed by pranayama and chanting. The asana course is at 7:30 a.m. Breakfast is served at 9:15 a.m. after which you’ll attend yoga anatomy and yoga philosophy classes. You’ll have a lunch break at 1:15 p.m. and then enjoy some time to yourself.
Courses resume at 5 p.m. with Hatha practice, followed by pranayama and asana class. Dinner is served at 7:15 p.m. And you can join a meditation session each day at 8:30 p.m.
Sundays are days off, during which you will not join any classes.
You’ll be staying at a 2-star hotel, located about 20 m from the beach of Misano Brasile and the beautiful promenade of Misano Adriatico.
During the duration of the course, you’ll get three Ayurvedic healthy vegetarian meals a day. Water and tea are also included. Kindly let the organizer know if you have other dietary requirements.
Upon completion, you can register with Yoga Alliance.
You may fly into either Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ) or Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI). The airport transfer is not included but you may ask the organizer for private pick-up (available on request and for an additional fee).
- Cost per day: from €87
- Availability: selected days in July & August 2021
- Location: Frontino
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Italian
- Instruction level: beginner & intermediate
Transform your yoga experience into something mystical during this intensive 200-hour teacher training course for Hatha and Ashtanga teachers.
Throughout the course, you’ll join two daily yoga classes, pranayama and mantra chanting, learn about the art of teaching and methodology, understand the lifestyle and ethics for yoga teachers, and study yoga philosophy, anatomy, and physiology.
Your day starts at 6 a.m. After you enjoy a herbal tea, there’s a yogic cleansing class, followed by pranayama and chanting. Yoga asana class is at 7:30 a.m. You’ll have breakfast at 9:15 a.m.
Yoga anatomy class is at 10:30 a.m., followed by yoga philosophy at 11:30 a.m. Lunch is served at 1:15 p.m. and you can enjoy time for yourself before the afternoon classes.
Hatha yoga class is at 5 p.m. and pranayama and asana class is at 6:45 p.m. Dinner is served at 7:15 p.m.
You’ll be staying at the Monastery of San Girolamo, in Frontino. It features 14 bedrooms, gazebos for practicing yoga and a lush garden to relax.
During the course, you’ll enjoy three vegetarian meals daily. Water and tea are also included. Kindly let the organizer know if you have other dietary requirements.
To make the best of your free time, you may opt to take trips by car or bus to visit nearby places. Guided bike excursions and horseback riding are also available upon request. You may also opt for a private cooking course, painting course, or Thai Chi course for an additional fee.
Yoga teachers who have completed the course will be given a certificate that allows them to register with Yoga Alliance.
You can fly into three airports: Bologna Guglielmo Marconi Airport (BLQ), Federico Fellini International Airport (RMI), or Ancona Falconara Airport (AOI). Airport transfer is not included.
- Cost per day: from €93
- Availability: selected days in September & October 2020, April & May 2021
- Location: Elba
- Instruction language: English; the organizer also speaks Italian, French, German & Spanish
- Instruction level: intermediate & advanced
This yoga teacher training course is designed to establish any practitioner and teacher in the principle and practices of yoga, Ayurveda, mindfulness, meditation, Power, Hatha, Yin, and Therapeutic yoga.
Your day starts at 7 a.m. with tea and fruit. At 7:30 a.m. you can choose between a silent walk, or a meditation and pranayama class. The first yoga class is at 8:30 a.m. You’ll have breakfast at 10 a.m.
There’s a morning classroom session at 11 a.m. followed by Karma Yoga. Lunch is served at 1:30 p.m.
You will have time for yourself until classes resume at 4 p.m. with an afternoon session followed by afternoon practice at 5:30 p.m. Dinner is served at 7 p.m. and you’ll have time for yourself in the evening, too.
Sunday is a free day when there will be no classes.
You will be staying at Villa Shanti, on the island of Elba. The nearest beach is 3.5 km away and there are trails leading to the mountains that start right behind the house. The huge garden overlooks two beautiful villages.
During the course (except on free days), you’ll be served three vegetarian meals. Water and detox juices are also included. Kindly let the organizer know if you have other dietary requirements.
Participants that finish the course will be given a certificate of completion.
Elba has its own airport, Marina di Campo Airport (EBA) but the most scenic way to get to the island is by ferry from Piombino. To get to Piombino you can catch a flight to Pisa, Rome, Bologna, or Florence. Do note that airport transfer to the retreat is not included.
- Cost per day: from €111
- Availability: January 11, 2021
- Location: Salento
- Instruction language: English
- Instruction level: all levels
This teacher training is based on the understanding of yoga as a practice that joins the body, the breath, and the mind. This course is an exploration of yoga philosophy, movement principles, techniques, and practices that will prepare you to become a versatile, knowledgeable, and inspiring yoga teacher and practitioner.
Throughout the course you’ll have daily yoga and meditation workshops, learn yoga philosophy, and how to prevent injury, as well as understand the break-down of hundreds of main poses from beginner to advanced.
Your day starts at 7:30 a.m. with asana, meditation, and pranayama workshop. Breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m., followed by lecture and practice. You’ll have a break for lunch at 2 p.m.
The afternoon workshop is at 3:30 p.m. In the evening, you’ll be served dinner and also have time to relax.
You’ll be staying at a guest house in Salento, in southern Puglia. Lecce is just 10 min away and the sea is 20 min from your accommodation.
Three meals per day are included, as well as water, coffee, and tea. Kindly let the organizer know of any dietary requirements.
Upon completion, you have the option to register with Yoga Alliance.
You may fly into Bari Karol Wojtyła Airport (BRI). Airport transfer is available upon request (and for an additional fee). You may also take the train into Lecce, from Bari.
- Cost per day: from €114
- Availability: Aug 8, 2021
- Location: Chiusi della Verna, Province of Arezzo, Tuscany
Join a certified 200-hour yoga teacher training in Italy and you’ll get the foundation of yogic philosophy, asana practice, anatomy, and many teaching skills that will help with your practice and study.
Your day will start at 6:30 a.m. with self-practice and meditation, followed by asana and pranayama class. Breakfast is served at 9:30 a.m. and is followed by more classes. There’s a tea break at 11:30 a.m. and more classes before lunch (which is served at 1:30 p.m.). In the afternoon, you’ll have time for self-study and join a yoga philosophy class at 4 p.m. It is followed by a tea break and more classes. Dinner is served at 8 p.m.
This program includes the teaching of basic yoga principles, the practice and breakdown of asanas, as well as an introduction to Restorative Yoga, Yoga Nidra, Pregnancy Yoga, and some Yoga Therapy.
You’ll also get detailed information and dive deep into the study of Pranayama. And, of course, the basics of yoga philosophy.
The retreat takes place in a farmhouse that offers both rooms for occupancy and a campsite. The interior is simple and, as much as possible, plastic-free. The cleaning materials and personal hygiene products are biodegradable. During the summer, the guests can use the sun-heated outdoor shower.
The farmhouse is located within Casentino National Park, in Tuscany, nestled into the slopes of Monte Penna.
The package includes all meals, which are vegetarian and organic. Should you have other dietary requirements, kindly let the organizer know in advance. Tea, coffee, fruits, and nuts are also offered as part of the meals.
The nearest airports are Pisa, Florence, Bologna, and Rome. The transfer is not provided by the organizer. If you fly into Florence, you can catch a Sita bus to Bibbiena train station. The organizer can provide pick-up services from the train service.
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